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Thomas Hsu Named ASCE Distinguished Member


Melanie Ziems

Thomas Hsu is a Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an author of multiple civil engineering textbooks and a nationally-recognized researcher. This spring, Hsu will add another title to his resume: Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Distinguished Membership is the highest honor ASCE bestows its members; it is reserved for civil engineers who are either ASCE Members or Fellows. According to the ASCE website, “a Distinguished Member is a person who has attained eminence in some branch of engineering or in the arts and sciences related thereto, including the fields of engineering education and construction.” Only one out of every 7,500 ASCE members is granted Distinguished Membership; Hsu is one of only 13 inducted in the 2015 class.

Hsu earned is B.S. in architectural engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology in China. He earned both is M.S. and Ph.D. in structural engineering from Cornell University. Hsu spent six years in industry as a development engineer for the Portland Cement Association before entering academia in 1968 as an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Miami. He joined the Cullen College of Engineering in 1980 as department chair, and he has taught classes at UH for 35 years. He was named John and Rebecca Moores Professor in 1998 (only one year after the establishment of the professorship), and he also earned the Fluor-Daniel Faculty Excellence Award and Abraham E. Dukler Distinguished Engineering Faculty Award.

Learn more about the ASCE Distinguished Membership here.



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